All season, Muskegon has been known for being a fourth quarter team. Tonight, they dug too deep of a hole to climb out of against state ranked Grand Blanc.
Muskegon started out the game hot as they blasted off to a 11-7 lead in the first quarter behind Vern Nash’s 10 points. The second quarter was all Grand Blanc, outscoring the Big Reds 15-7 and taking a 22-18 lead to the locker room. In the third quarter, the Bobcats outmatched Muskegon again, extending their lead to 43-30 heading into the final quarter.
Muskegon blasted off at the start of the fourth quarter with a 10-0 run to narrow the deficit to 43-40, it seemed as if the Big Reds would make another of many comebacks this season. The Big Reds got the score tied at 46 with around 3 minutes remaining, but Grand Blanc was able to take the lead back again.
It was 54-51, 10 seconds remained after a Muskegon timeout. The Big Reds rode the hot hand in Vernon Nash, but he was unable to get an open look as his shot fell short at the buzzer. That would be the final score as Muskegon slowly walked to the locker room in disbelief.
Muskegon coach Keith Guy said “We didn’t play well, give them credit, we made some key mistakes, we didn’t shoot the ball well, it was just an off night.”
Vernon Nash led Muskegon in scoring with 23 and the loss dropped the Big Reds to 11-2 on the season.